I was born in Ohio, at the bleeding edge of the 1960s. When I was young, my family moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where we lived until the Lebanese Civil War erupted. After Beirut, I finished high school in Belmont, Massachusetts, and London, England. While living abroad I traveled around the Middle East and Europe, picking up enough Arabic and French to embrace or avoid trouble as circumstances dictated. I attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I earned a B.A. and a J.D. I've practiced law for over twenty years, and I'm a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. I currently live in Vienna, Virginia, where I'm a thriller author, voracious reader, lawyer, music aficionado, youth sports coach, guerrilla chef, excursionist, and public speaker. Please feel free to visit my web site, at http://www.richardgazala.com, or drop by Gazalapalooza, my authors' blog, at http://www.rgazala.blogspot.com. Happy reading.